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any form of contraception in which an object, rather than a drug, is used for preventing women from becoming pregnant. The use of condoms is a barrier method.
British a rubber object that a woman puts inside her vagina so that she can have sex without getting pregnant
a curved piece of plastic that is put inside a woman’s uterus as a contraceptive (=to prevent her from becoming pregnant)
a thin rubber tube that a man covers his penis with during sex, in order to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or to protect against sexual diseases
medical a round rubber object that a woman puts inside her vagina as a contraceptive (=to avoid having a baby)
a type of condom
British a type of contraceptive that a woman wears inside her vagina while having sex
the practice of controlling the number of children that you have by using contraceptives (=drugs, objects, or methods that stop a woman becoming pregnant)
intra-uterine device: a type of contraceptive that consists of a small piece of plastic or metal fitted inside a woman’s womb
formal a pill that a woman takes every day to prevent herself from becoming pregnant. It is usually called the pill and is a form of birth control.
Americaninformal a condom
a cream that kills sperm, used during sex to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant
medical a medical operation in which a baby is removed from a woman’s body before it is completely developed, so that it is not born alive. The more usual word for this is an abortion.